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Clayton Kershaw will be back soon

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits on the benc - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits on the bench after being removed during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the baseball team's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) NLDS Diamondbacks Dodgers Baseball

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits on the benc - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits on the bench after being removed during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the baseball team's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) NLDS Diamondbacks Dodgers Baseball | Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved., AP, Copyright 2000 Adobe Systems Incorporated

The Dodgers plan to activate Clayton Kershaw from the disabled list to start Thursday against the Phillies, manager Dave Roberts said on Sunday.

Kershaw hasn't pitched since May 1 because of left biceps tendinitis. He threw a four-inning simulated game on Saturday and came out of it feeling well enough to play catch on Sunday morning.

 

"I think he's fine to go deep [into a game], depending on how he's throwing," Roberts said. "It's great and I'm happy for Clayton [that he's] feeling healthy. Performing is one thing, but if he feels healthy and strong, we'll bet on the performance. We're playing better baseball -- and to add him to the mix, it's a real good thing for all of us.

"It's a big lift. You've got your ace coming back and we've kind of righted the ship a little bit, trending in the right direction. You can compare it to having [Justin Turner] back on the position-player front."

 

The Dodgers opened the season 16-24 without Turner, who suffered a fractured left wrist in Spring Training. They are 7-4 since his return. Since Kershaw went on the disabled list on May 6, the Dodgers are 8-10.

Kershaw figures to bump Brock Stewart from the starting rotation. Roberts was non-committal on whether Stewart would be shifted into a bullpen role in the Major Leagues or return to the Minor Leagues and continue starting so he'll be stretched out when the Dodgers need a starter again. Stewart will start for the Dodgers on Monday.

 Ken Gurnick MLB.com

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